Last week the Knesset failed to present a candidate for Prime Minister to the President triggering a third round of elections. The Knesset voted to hold the election on Monday, March 2nd.
Election day is scheduled to be a day off (shabbaton) for workers however the business sector is lobbying for the day to be a normal working day
Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have blamed each other for the failure to establish a unity government.
Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Liberman blamed everyone but himself for the new election and accused both Gantz and Netanyahu of wanting to bring about the third election.
Liberman rejected all attempts to bring him back to form a right-wing government.
Blue and White has announced that Benny Gantz is their sole Prime Minister candidate in the next election canceling the rotation deal with Yair Lapid.
Likud has confirmed that they will hold a leadership primary on December 26th. Currently, Gidon Sa’ar is Benjamin Netanyahu’s only challenger.
The Joint-List has greeted the third election and believes that they can win at least 15 seats.
Moshe Feiglin announced that his libertarian Zehut party will not be running in the upcoming election but plans to return in the future.
Former Zehut candidates Gilad Alper, Rafel Minnes, and Libby Molad formed their own libertarian party – The New Liberal Party of Israel, which is currently planning to run in this election.
The Central Election Committee will now be chaired by Neal Hendel who was born in the U.S. Hendel replaces Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer.
The Supreme Court has again ruled that Netanyahu can continue to serve as Prime Minister despite his legal situation.
Netanyahu has said that he will quit from his other Ministries by January 1st as is required by law following his indictment.
Avigdor Liberman has said that he will support a pardon for Netanyahu if he confesses to his allegations and retires from politics.